AMD unveils hardware-virtualised GPU product line

Published 05 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, gpu, amd firepro, opencl, graphics, opengl, vdi

AMD gave its hardware virtualised Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology a first public airing in September 2015 and has now unveiled its first products: the AMD FirePro S7150 and AMD FirePro S7150 x 2.

For design and engineering, these server-grade GPUs are designed to accelerate 3D CAD in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments, much like Nvidia does with Nvidia GRID.

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SimScale launch Drone Design competition

Published 05 February 2016

Posted by Al Dean

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We took a look at SimScale’s cloud-based offering in the last issue of DEVELOP3D (the February issue - it’ll be online soon) and came away impressed with the simulation tools breadth of capability – it covers FEA, CFD and much more.

Alongside the technical capabilities of the system, the team behind has also recently reconfigured its offering to centre it on a community and shared practices and experimentation (alongside the private projects you, of course, can create).

If there’s a factor that’s holding back simulation being used by a wider community, it’s not so much price (there are some very cost effective solutions out there these days), but rather the translation of the designer and engineer’s knowledge of their product set and experience and how that is translated into the, often arcane and abstract, language of computer based simulation.

In short, folks know the parameters and variables of how their product works, what they often lack is how to accurately represent that in a simulation package. What information (that they typically know already) goes where? What are the best approaches to take? What’s the best practice to simulate a specific instance?

This is where SimScale’s revamped, community led approach is interesting. Simulation is typically a small community and one that, while it likes to share information between itself, isn’t too good at spreading that information further. SimScale’s community aspects foster that kind of experimentation – both with its team supporting and the larger community.

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Eurocom launches ‘most powerful mobile workstation ever’

Published 04 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, intel, ssd, mobile workstation, eurocom, nvme

It’s a bold claim but Eurocom says its new Sky X9W mobile workstation is the most powerful mobile workstation ever made.

The 17.3” laptop is equipped with an Intel ‘Skylake’ CPU up to the Intel Core i7 6700K, 64GB DDR4 memory, up to 5TB of storage and professional graphics up to the Nvidia Quadro M5000M (8GB) powering a 4K Ultra HD matte IPS display.

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SolidWorks World 2016 - Day Three

Published 03 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, solidworks world

It’s the final day of a packed schedule here at SolidWorks World 2016 - where we’ll be bringing you all the action from the main stages and behind closed doors press sessions.

Today’s big keynote talk comes from ‘dynamic innovator’ Peter Diamandis, the founder and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, who has successfully pushed the technological boundaries around spaceflight and other human endeavors.

Follow todays proceedings live as they happen below the line - and catch up with Day One and Day Two via the links.

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Frame targets users of design viz and simulation software with high-end virtual workstation

Published 03 February 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, simulation, cad, workstation, cae, cloud

The Frame Pro 64GB system is ideal for ray trace rendering or simulation applications and can be accessed through virtually any device with an HTML 5-capable web browser

Frame, the cloud service that allows any 3D CAD software to run in a web browser, has expanded its range of pay per use virtual workstations.

The company’s new Frame Pro 64GB system features significantly enhanced CPU, GPU and memory resources making it ideal for users of design visualisation or simulation software, such as Ansys Fluent or Mechanical, Chaos Group VRay & VRay-RT, Nvidia iRay and Luxion Keyshot.

In terms of specs, the Frame Pro 64GB system features two Intel Xeon CPUs, four Nvidia GRID GPUs, 64GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. Prices start at $3.60 per hour.

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Stratasys cements Adobe relationship to make colour 3D printing ‘more accessible’

Published 02 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, adobe, connex

Around 1000 colours are now possible from Stratasys’ colour 3D printing technology

Having stripped back its PolyJet 3D printer line-up to the multi-material colour Connex3 systems, Stratasys has further boosted its credentials with Adobe’s specialist software.

With a goal of not only streamlining the assigning of colours and patterns, but also removing the process of paining up and harsh post processing, the Creative Colors Software tools are set to launch in standard Adobe Photoshop this May.

It is hoped that further 3D printing tools in Photoshop will open up 3D printing to more 2D focussed creatives - using the same tools they are used to, and being able to share 3D files simply through PDFs.

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SolidWorks World 2016 - Day Two

Published 02 February 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, dassault systemes, industrial design, dassault systèmes, gian paolo bassi

Welcome to the second day at packed SolidWorks World 2016 - where following a day of coquettish teasing, we’re expecting a day packed out with new stuff.

We’ve an interview with CEO Gian Paolo Bassi later today, plus a wealth of cool presentations from the general sessions.

Follow todays proceedings live as they happen below the line:

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